General Conditions

What is a student statute and why does it exist? The student statute contains the mutual rights and obligations of TU/e and the student; the law states that there must be a student statute and that it must be made known to the students. The student statute consists of two parts: an institute section (which applies to all of TU/e) and a program section (which differs per program); the program section is part of the digital study guide. 

This is the institute section of the TU/e student statute. It is primarily based on the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW, Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek), but other legislation is mentioned where relevant.

1.1 Definitions

In this student statute, the following terms and abbreviations have the following meanings:

  • AWB: General Administrative Law Act
  • BSA: binding recommendation on the continuation of studies
  • CBE: Examination Appeals Board
  • CROHO: Central Register of Higher Education Study Programs 
  • CvB: the TU/e Executive Board
  • DUO: Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs(national regulatory body for issues pertaining to education)
  • ESA: Education and Student Affairs (previously STU)
  • external student: a person who is enrolled at TU/e to take the interim and final examinations of a program, but is not permitted to attend lectures or practical exercises or receive supervision
  • FR: Department Council
  • higher education: university education (WO) and higher professional education (HBO)
  • institute: Eindhoven University of Technology, abbreviated as TU/e
  • major: the compulsory discipline-specific part of the Bachelor’s program, worth 90 credits
  • Minister: the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW)
  • OER: the education and examination regulations, i.e. regulations concerning education and interim and final examinations for each program or group of programs, as determined by the Department Board (or its intermediary)
  • program: a cohesive whole of study components, aimed at realizing well-defined goals with regard to the knowledge, insight and skills that must be mastered by all students who complete the program
  • OASE: Online Active Study Environment
  • credit: a study credit according to the European Credit Transfer System. One credit equals 28 hours of study. 60 credits are equal to 1,680 hours of study
  • student: a person who is following a degree program in higher education and is enrolled in a degree program in accordance with the TU/e ‘Regulations for Registration, Program Choice Check, Enrollment, and Termination of Enrollment’. 
  • academic year: the period starting on September 1st and ending on August 31st of the following year
  • UR: University Council
  • fast-track program: the pre-Master’s program for Higher Professional Education (HBO) graduates within a Bachelor’s degree program and the subsequent Master’s degree program.
  • WHW: the Higher Education and Research Act 
  • WSF 2000: Student Grants and Loans Act 2000

 In this student statute, wherever “he” is used, this also includes “she”.

1.2 Legal background and how to use this statute

The rights or obligations described in the student statute are directly based on the WHW, or on regulations and decisions based on the WHW. At the end of every chapter or, if necessary, every paragraph, the relevant WHW sections are indicated under the heading “legislation” and the relevant TU/e regulations under the heading “regulations”. Anyone with specific questions or who needs further information can contact one of the departments or officials mentioned under the heading “information”. The addresses and telephone numbers of these departments and officials can be found at the back of this student statute. At the back of the statue there is also a summary of all TU/e regulations mentioned in the statute and where they can be consulted. The student statute can also be found in the digital study guide, along with all subjects and regulations covered in the statute. 

1.3 Scope

The student statute only applies to TU/e students. If the provisions also apply to external students, this is mentioned explicitly.

1.4 Content and publication of the statute

The student statute describes the rights and obligations of students at the TU/e, as laid down in statutory provisions and regulations established by the CvB. This enables students to know which regulations apply to them. The statute also serves to inform every student at the enrollment of a new academic year what he can expect from the institute in terms of education, the related facilities, and what the institute expects of him. The statute also includes an overview of the legal protection to which students are entitled.

In the event that the statute is or could become in breach of the law, the student cannot derive any rights from this; the formal law supersedes the statute. The CvB therefore ensures that the statute is in compliance with the law and that it is modified to accommodate changes in the law. Changes to the content of the student statute or any regulations described in the statute that are made during the academic year will be made known. 

The TU/e considers it very important that the students (are able to) remain informed of the content of the student statute. On sending proof of enrollment to the student, the student is referred to the student statute and its location on studiegids.tue.nl.
On January 1, 2017, the Governance Reinforcement Act came into force. The act aims to strengthen the co-determination in all education sectors. A number of amendments regarding the Program Committee in Higher Education came into for on September 1, 2017. Changes in accordance with this act were taken into account in these regulations where necessary.

Further information regarding the student statute

Legislation: Article 7.59 of the WHW

information from: ESA, tel. +31 (0) 40-2474747 or our website